Sunday, November 27, 2022

Paganens (Algonquin Wild Nut Soup) #SundayFundayBloggers

November is National American Indian Heritage Month.  I'm sure this month was chosen as it was when Europeans first emigrated to the New World and were met by friendly Indigenous Americans who celebrated their arrival with a feast.  We now acknowledge that arrival and feast each year in Thanksgiving.


The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebrating American Indians today.........

Saturday, November 26, 2022

East meets West~~Pork Fried Rice and a North Carolina Wine #CabFrancDay #sponsored

I was gifted a bottle of Jones von Drehle Cabernet Franc in celebration of Cab Franc Day that was founded by my friend Lori of Exploring the Wine Glass and Draceana Wines.   I received no monetary compensation for this post and all opinions and writings are strictly my own.

Bottle of Cab Franc

Most of you have probably had Cab Franc blended with other grapes in Bordeaux style wines.  Cab Franc Day was created to honor this varietal and to tell the world that Cab Franc is not just a blending grape but wonderful all on it's own.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Chinese Takeout with an Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and the Weekly Menu#WorldWineTravel

This month we are visiting the New Zealand Island of Marlborough with our World Wine Travel Group.
I found a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc that I poured one night when we ordered in Chinese.

Chinese Food and NZ wine

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Bone Canyon Sushi Roll~~A Book Review

Lump crab meat mixed with cream cheese and mayo, layered with crunchy cucumber and creamy avocado wrapped up in nori and brown rice.  Perfect as an addition to a sushi appetizer tray for those who don't care for raw fish or as a main course meal for one.

Creamy Crab Roll

This recipe was inspired by the novel, Bone Canyon, the second in the Eve Ronin series.......

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Cake Mix Donuts and a Book Review

Take your favorite cake mix, add an egg, some butter and some milk to make these delicious donuts that are sure to bring a smile to those who are the lucky recipients.  I went with a Spice Cake this time and some fall colored sprinkles for a seasonal treat. 

Cake Mix Donuts

I think I will use a chocolate cake mix and peppermint candy cane bits for the upcoming Christmas Season.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Enchanted BBQ Venison Casserole and a Book Review #LitHappens

A warm and comforting casserole with southwestern flavors and a corn bread topping.  This recipe was inspired by the fun, magical novel Keeper of Enchanted Rooms, our Lit Happens selection for November.

BBQ Venison Casserole

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Beef Vegetable Soup #SundayFunday

Starting with leftovers and the contents in the produce drawer of my refrigerator this soup is not only delicious and nutritious but a great way to make room for the makings of your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Beef Vegetable Soup

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cleaning out their refrigerators today.......

Orange Pound Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This delicious pound cake, flavored with pure orange extract and orange zest in both the cake and the frosting is a wonderful way to start your holiday baking.

Orange Pound Cake

It's time for the Cake Slice Bakers..........

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Quick and Healthy Butternut Squash Soup and the Weekly Menu including Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving #SoupSaturdaySwappers

 Holidays can be very busy.  This quick and healthy Butternut Squash Soup starting with frozen squash is a time and stress saver.  It takes only a few minutes of hands on time and half an hour cooking time.  It can be made ahead and rewarmed so there is zero soup stress on the big day.

Butternut Squash Soup

It is time for the Soup Saturday Swappers.......

Friday, November 18, 2022

Garlic and Herb Steamed Mussels #FishFridayFoodies

Impress your guests with this amazingly simple and delicious Seafood Platter.  Simple preparation and very little time is involved, yet the WOW factor is incredible.

Seafood Platter

 Welcome to the November edition of Fish Friday Foodies........

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Domaine Chevillon Chezeaux Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits, 2018 paired with a Maple Pecan Chicken #FrenchWinophiles

The French Winophiles are travelling to Bourgogne today, better known as the Burgundy region to us in the USA.  Here in the US we simply call it Pinot Noir or Chardonnay as we designate by varietal rather than region.

French Burgundy Wine

I'm sharing a Pinot Noir from Bourgogne with you today.........

Fall Harvest Bread Pudding #BundtBakers

 Fall Harvest Sweet Bread tossed in a custard mixture and baked in a bundt pan creates a scrumptious, seasonal dessert.

Fall Harvest Bread Pudding

It is time for the Bundt Bakers........

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Cranberry Topped Crab Puffs #CranberryWeek

This easy and delicious appetizer is a great start to your Holiday gathering.  Creamy crab dip in filo cups topped with cranberry sauce are pretty to look at and scrumptious to devour.

Crab Puffs

We are celebrating Cranberries all week long.......

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Fall=Campfires=S'mores=Fall Inspired Cookie Bars

We had a very mild Fall up until 2 days ago and now, KABLAM, winter has arrived.  But while that mild weather was here, I enjoyed daily walks and started thinking about how nice a bonfire would be.  Then I started thinking about roasting marshmallow and making S'mores.  I planned on doing exactly that last Sunday when the Angel Face was visiting.  Unfortunately, we had a snow squall and hail while she was here.

S'more Cookie Bars

So when Fall gives you snow.....You make S'more Cookie Bars!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Fall Harvest Bread #CranberryWeek

This delicious, seasonal quick bread is chock full of citrus, pumpkin, nuts, cranberries and warm spices.  It is superb paired with soup, buttered for breakfast or sliced as a snack.  

Fall Harvest Bread

Today is the first day of three as we celebrate Cranberry Week........

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Chocolate, Banana, Cranberry Smoothie with Selefina Spices #Sponsored #SundayFunday

When I am busy preparing for the holidays but need to make sure that I keep my energy up, I turn to smoothies for a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast that I can sip while working in the kitchen.


The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas today......

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Pasta with Sausage and Eggplant in a Zinfandel Wine Sauce #WinePW

Julia Child is credited with saying that she loved to cook with wine and that sometimes she even added it to the food.  I have a plaque hanging in my kitchen with that quote.  It always makes me smile.  

Pasta Sauce and wine

The recipe I'm sharing with you today does contain wine, Zinfandel wine to be exact.......

Friday, November 11, 2022

Maple Doodles #ChristmasCookies

Snicker Doodle and Maple Cookies collide in these delicious cookies perfect for Christmas or anytime you have a hankering for a tasty treat.

Maple Doodles

This is my final recipe for Christmas Cookie Week but I am not done baking so stay tuned throughout the next few weeks as I share more cookies, breads, and sweet treats in anticipation of the Holiday Season.......

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Codfish Cakes and the Weekly Menu

These Codfish Cakes are amazing!!!  If you like Crab Cakes and Salmon Patties you are going to think that they pale in comparison.  I know I did.

Cod Cakes

We are traveling to the Bahamas today as we Eat the World......

Pecan Chicken with Maple Pecan Sauce #ImprovCookingChallenge

Chicken breasts dredged in pecan meal and baked to a deep brown and served with a Maple Pecan sauce.  Delicious!!

Pecan Chicken

It's time for the Improv Cooking Challenge.......

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Toffee Bars #ChristmasCookies

Shortbread crust covered with semisweet chocolate and sprinkled with pecans.  A delicious and easy addition to your Christmas Cookie selection this season.

Toffee Bars

It is Christmas Cookie Week........

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread with a Cranberry Powder Glaze #BreadBakers #Sponsored

Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce and warm spices combine to create the perfect Harvest Flavor profile.  I turned this bread into mini loaves that I can freeze and use all Holiday season long.  They are perfect when entertaining or taking as a hostess gift when attending a gathering.  They also are a lovely addition to the cookies on your dessert buffet.

Sweet Potato Cranberry Bread

It's time for Bread Bakers........

Monday, November 7, 2022

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Book Review #ChristmasCookies

These scrumptious cookies are going to be a big hit on your Holiday Cookie Tray.  The cranberries add wonderful texture, color and taste to your basic chocolate chip cookie.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today is the first day of Christmas Cookie Week.......

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Puffed Millet Granola and a Book Review of The Hike #SundayFunday

Puffed Millet combined with honey, almonds, coconut, dried cranberries and freeze dried marshmallows make a perfect breakfast mixed in with your yogurt or a perfect carry along snack for your next hike.

Puffed Millet Granola

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Millet recipes today.......

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Planning a Birthday Party and the Weekly Menu

Little Miss M is turning 2 years old tomorrow and we are ready to celebrate.  Little Miss M is the daughter of our very first exchange student who is from Russia and her fiancee who is from Mauritius.  


Isn't she lovely...........

Friday, November 4, 2022

Sweet and Spicy Broccoli #HolidaySideDishes

This delicious vegetable side dish is perfect for any holiday meal.  It is perfect with your roast meats during Fall and Winter holidays and amazing with your grilled meats during the Summer Holidays.

Sweet and Spicy Broccoli

Today is the last day that we are sharing Holiday Side Dishes for this event.......

Thursday, November 3, 2022

A Classic Chianti Pairing and a Book Review #ItalianFWT #LitHappens

I was excited to be fortunate enough to receive 2 bottles of Cecchi wine for tasting purposes in return for writing my honest opinion and review.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Pasta and Chianti are a classic pairing and always guarantees success.  This pasta sauce I am sharing with you today is not your traditional slow cooked sauce that makes the whole house smell amazing and your stomach to grumble the minute you walk in the door.

Pasta with Wine

It is, however, delicious and ready in less than half an hour after you walk into the door.  Perfect for those busy weeknights when you are yearning comfort food.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Sweet and Sour Eggplant Salad #WorldVeganMonth

This delicious salad is not only a great side but you can serve it over toasted pita pieces and turn it into a meal.  It is one of those salads that gets better with time so you can make it the night before and pack it into your lunchbox to enjoy.

Sweet and Sour Eggplant Salad

The Foodie Extravaganza Gang are celebrating World Vegan Month......

Pineapple Casserole #HolidaySideDishes

This scrumptious pineapple casserole is perfect with that ham that you are baking up for Christmas or any Holiday dinner.

Pineapple Casserole

Join us as we share Holiday Side Dish recipes this week.......

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Turkey Hollow Beet Hummus #MoviesandMunchies

I was doing a search on my television for Thanksgiving Movies and came across Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow which evidently was a made for TV movie that was shown on Lifetime in 2015.  

Turkey Hollow

I was not familiar with this movie at all but I do love the Muppets and their movies are always fun so I decided to see if the members of our Movies and Munchies group wanted to join me in watching it for November.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Pulled Pork Corn Muffins #MuffinMonday

Pulled Pork with Cornbread is a match made in heaven.  I decided to combine them into delicious jumbo muffins suitable to serve for a casual dinner.

Pulled Pork Corn Muffin Dinner plate

It's time for Muffin Monday...............

Pecan Rice #HolidaySideDishes

This brown rice pilaf flavored with pecans, onions and spices is the perfect side dish for all your holiday meals.  It is wonderful served with roasted poultry or meats. It is an amazing bed for your seafood. It is a filling side dish for any vegetarians in your group and can be made vegan by swapping out olive oil for the butter.

Pecan Rice

We are sharing Holiday Side Dishes this week.........

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Caramel Apple Strudel #SundayFunday

Delicious, seasonal apples tossed with traditional apple pie seasonings and cooked to a delicious filling before being placed onto puffed pastry, drizzled with caramel sauce, wrapped into a packet and baked to a golden brown.  I served it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel ribbon.

Caramel Apple Strudel

The Sunday Funday blogger are sharing Caramel Apple Recipes today.......

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Cheers to Fall; an Apple Cider Martini

 The last couple of gatherings we have had, we have started the night off with a wonderful fall cocktail. 

Ingredients for Apple Cider martini

It has been a big hit with all who have tried it.  The tartness of the apple cider, flavored with Grand Marnier and a little Maple Syrup is a wonderful combination.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

A Fall Feast and the Weekly Menu

This Pork Loin Roast is drizzled with honey, topped with herbs, dotted with butter before being surrounded with apples and onions and roasted.  The perfect centerpiece for a Fall Feast.

Honeyed Pork Loin with Apples and Onions

Monday, October 24, 2022

Practical(ly) Magic Pumpkin Ice Cream #sponsored

Creamy, smooth and flavorful this Pumpkin Ice Cream is the perfect fall treat.  I was inspired to make this after reading the novel and watching the film Practical Magic.  

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Crunchy Chickpeas Masala #SundayFunday

These delicious and nutrtitious little snacks are perfect for any holiday gathering.  The Sunday Funday bloggers are celebrating Diwali this week.  

Crunchy Chickpeas Masala

This would be a nice start to your holiday dinner for the Festival of Lights......

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Indian Spiced Chili and the Weekly Menu #ChiliCookoff

This chili is filled with the warm spices and flavors found in Indian food.  It is colorful and delicious.  A perfect Fall meal.

Indian Spiced Chili

The Festive Foodies are having a Chili Cook-Off.......

Friday, October 21, 2022

Sausage and Halibut One Pot Stew #FishFridayFoodies

This quick and easy recipe has dinner on the table in only 30 minutes.  A perfect one pot meal that is delicous and nutritious.  

Sausage and Halibut Stew

It's time for Fish Friday Foodies.......

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Mini Ghost Bundts #BundtBakers

These little mini ghost bundts are a fun family project.  You will be rewarded with huge smiles, not to mention a delicious dessert.

Mini Ghost Bundts

It's time for Bundt Bakers.......

Pumpkin Mocha Swirl Bundt Cake #CakeSliceBakers

Swirls of Pumpkin and Mocha combine to make this seasonal, delicious cake that is perfect for your fall gathering.

Pumpkin Mocha Swirl Bundt Cake

It's time for The Cake Slice Bakers........

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

A Fun Halloween Birthday Feast featuring Supernatural Spook Light Pinot Gris Orange Wine #WorldWineTravel

I was excited when I was able to find a wine from New Zealand's North Island.  I was thrilled when I found a bottle of orange wine that was perfect for the upcoming Halloween celebrations.


It's time for World Wine Travel........

Monday, October 17, 2022

The Great Pumpkin Dip featuring Selefina #Sponsored #MoviesandMunchies

Adagio Teas contacted me and graciously offered to send me free products, from their Selafina line of spices, for use in recipes.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.  All writings and opinions are strictly my own.

Happy October everyone.  I am so happy to be celebrating Fall and preparing for Halloween. I know that I'm not alone because my friend, Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures, announced that she wanted us all to revisit the Halloween classic "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" for our Movies and Munchies event this month.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This movie first came out in 1966.  I was 8 years old.  I watched it each year and when I had kids I watched it with them.  

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Jack O Lantern Cheese Bites #SundayFunday

These little cheese bites are not only adorable and perfect for Halloween but they are also dang delicious.  Serve these up all by themselves, with sliced apples or grapes, or as part of a charcuterie platter.  

Jack O Lantern Cheese Bites

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are sharing Halloween Party Treats......

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Beef GHOULash and the Weekly Menu #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Thrill your little Ghosts and Goblins with this hearty and delicious GHOULash that will keep them warm and give them energy for a night filled with begging.

Beef GHOULash

The Soup Saturday Swappers are sharing Meal Sized Soups and Stews today.......

Friday, October 14, 2022

Celebrating Fall French Style #Winophiles

In France, wine harvest time is known as la vendange and spans about two months – typically from August to October.  Also, harvested during this time are root vegetables, mushrooms and chestnuts.  I was hosting a dinner party for our son in law's parents who were visiting from France and decided to celebrate by combining our harvest with theirs.  

Harvest Dinner with Wine

It was a lovely meal........

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Butternut Squash Rice Pudding #ImprovCookingChallenge

This creamy, seasonal and soothing rice pudding is made in an instant pot saving tons of time that would normally be spent baking the squash and cooking the rice.  Flavored with dried cranberries, fresh apple and cinnamon it turned out amazingly delicious.

Butternut Squash Rice Pudding

We are making recipes with Squash and Rice today.......

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Pears with Chocolate Crumble #NationalCookbookMonth

Seasonal pears topped with a chocolate almond crumble and baked to tender, delicious perfection and topped with fresh whipped cream.  A wonderful finish to a Fall Harvest Feast.

Pears with Chocolate Crumble

The Festive Foodie Gang are celebrating National Cookbook Month.......

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Breadstick Snakes #BreadBakers

These snake breadsticks are adorable and so easy to create with just 2 ingredients.  Serve them up on Halloween with some Beef GHOULash (recipe coming soon) before your little Goblins go out begging.

Breadstick Snake

The Bread Bakers are sharing Halloween Breads today......

Monday, October 10, 2022

Harira #EattheWorld

This colorful, flavorful, spiced vegetable soup made a scrumptious first course but is hearty enough to be served as a meal with a salad and some bread.


We are traveling to Morocco today........
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